Pride Might Be Over But Here Are A Few Ways To Keep Your Yass On
Stay connected with the LGBT community throughout the year with some of these activities
So pride month may be over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop the bottomless brunches, looking magnificent and enjoying nighttime burlesque shows. There’s plenty of ways that you can extend the gay community’s birthday month into a birthday year by checking out the list of things to do below.
Go to a gay bar (and then out clubbing)
If you’ve never been to one before, then you definitely should. Most gay bars are exactly like straight bars, except that they’re filled with nearly every kind of gay guy you can think of. While you don’t necessarily need to order a Cosmo, it would be extra fabulous if you did. And if you’re lucky, then you’ll end up at a bar that has a dance floor. If not, then you can at least find a group to go with to get your dance on after the bar closes. Below are a few of the best gay bars around the United States, according to yelp.
Bar 1, Phoenix Arizona
Velvet Lounge, Santa Ana, California
Li'l Devils Lounge, Denver, Colorado
Last Call Bar, San Francisco, California
Blue Moon, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Nellie's Sports Bar, Washington, DC
Bar Gaythering, Miami Beach, Florida
Woofs On Piedmont, Atlanta, Georgia
Bacchus Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
Big Chicks, Chicago, Illinois
Chill BAR Highlands, Louisville, Kentucky
Cafe Lafitte In Exile, New Orleans, Louisiana
Flaming Saddles Saloon, New York, New York
The Lipstick Lounge, Nashville, Tennessee
Watch Queer Eye on Netflix
Anyone remember Queer Eye for the Straight Guy? Well, Queer Eye (released this year) is similar but even better. One of the hottest shows currently on Netflix, the show has the Fab Five: (Antoni Porowski, food and wine expert; Tan France, fashion expert; Karamo Brown, culture expert; Bobby Berk, design expert; and Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert) completely transform all sorts of motley crews, ranging from loners to divorcees and 33 year old comedians still living at home.
Invite your gay friend(s) to drink bottomless mimosas and complain about your terrible bosses together over brunch
Brunch may as well been god sent – especially on a Saturday morning when your hangover is about to make your head explode. While there may be too many amazing brunch places to list off, we do recommend getting some delicious French toast or pancakes with a fruit bowl to go along with your mimosa(s).
Attend a drag show
Drag shows are actually kind of hard to describe. We’ve seen them range from stand up comedy to terribly off pitch open mic nights - all with a variety of good-looking guys dressed up to look like even better-looking girls. Most of the time you’ll see a guy (or a couple of guys) stuck up on a tiny stage doing whatever it is they do best. Oh, and if you feel like you have to scream, then try yelling “WERK”, “GRRL” or “GET ITTT” really loud.
Go to a gay rodeo
If you’re in the south (or out west), then this might be the answer for you. We’ve actually never had the pleasure of attending a gay rodeo but we’ve heard good things. If you’re looking to find the closest one to you, then try checking out the calendar page on The International Gay Rodeo Association’s website for dates and location.
Attend a gay wedding
Similar to other weddings, gay weddings are always so magical. You’ll probably need to first find a handful of gay friends and then stay in touch long enough for some of them to actually get married. But once it happens, you won’t regret going. Whether it’s on the beach or in the courthouse, the after parties and receptions will not disappoint you.
Host a gay movie night with friends
In the past couple of years, the gay community has finally started to become prevalent within the film industry. If you’ve done half of the things listed on this write-up, then you’re probably exhausted and in need of a night at home. Below are some of the best gay movies to watch for such a night.
Call Me by Your Name
Participate in an AIDS walk
While they may not be as popular as they once were, getting some exercise for a good cause that helps raise some much-needed awareness can never be a bad thing. Although mostly in larger metro areas, the AIDS Walk takes place in a few locations throughout the year.
Go to a nude beach
Break out from your comfort zone and try it. You don’t necessarily need to get naked yourself but it would feel a lot more freeing if you did. It’s practically skinny-dipping, you’re just not having to go secretively. If you’re living in the United States, then check out this awesome write-up of the best nude beaches in America by Thrillest. It covers places ranging from Black’s Beach in San Diego to Haulover Beach in Bal Harbour.
Get a Mani/Pedi
Seriously, this is the best $50 you’ll ever spend and you'll come out feeling like a champion. The variety and quality of a nail salon can definitely vary from place to place so make sure to do a quick search before you head on over. And if you’re feeling courageous, you can even try getting a Garra rufa or doctor fish pedicure.
Ok, so that’s our list of some things you can do to keep from being basic and stay connected with your fabulous side. If there’s anything we might have missed, then feel free to let us know in the comments section below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for a lot more juicy updates.